Fishing Report: Central Region and Mogollon Rim
ROOSEVELT LAKE and MOGOLLON RIM — From Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods.
Roosevelt Lake: (2,092 feet, 40% full).
The latest report from Roosevelt Lake related to the Government shutdown is that the ramps are open and accessible; however, the camping facilities gates are closed.
The consensus among anglers is the willingness to trade a few days of winter fishing for the moisture being brought to the region. The recent storms and run-off, have resulted in increased water flowing into Roosevelt Lake. The Salt River has been flowing at over 100% of its normal flow rate for this time of year and the Tonto Creek is flowing at about its normal rate for this time of year. The lake is currently 40% full and rising slightly each day. The water is very clear with the temperature reaching 50 degrees on some morning and rising to 54 degrees on a sunny afternoon.
The colder water temperature and the recent storms bring large swings in the barometric pressure, which is a key factor to the poor fishing conditions being reported. On the occasional more stable weather days, anglers are reporting some success fishing deeper depths of water. Baits such as jigging spoons, jigs and Carolina rigged baits produced sporadic results.
Crappie fishing continues to be extremely slow and with the prediction of more storms, it will likely not improve for a least another week. Some crappie are being located in 15-25 foot depths but seeing them on the graph and getting them into the boat is two different stories. When a bite does occur it is very slight. An ultra light rod and a light braided line are always recommended for crappie fishing.
Mogollon Rim: Most all of the lakes and/or roads on the Mogollon Rim are frozen over and roads are snow covered. For those who like to ice fish, now is your time to enjoy winter fishing. Be sure to call for road conditions prior to heading to your favorite lake on the Rim.
Green Valley Lake in Payson is reporting good trout fishing conditions on days when it is not raining. Trout will be stocked this week and the AZGFD stockings will continue for the next few months. Small spinner baits, PowerBait, and salmon eggs have all been reported successful.
Have a great week of fishing and I hope to see you on the water.
BARTLETT LAKE — (1,752 feet, 45 % full). Guide Gary Senft fished the lake Thursday (Jan. 10) and found most largemouth bass holding tight to the bottom in 15-30 feet of water. Fish were not biting past 30 feet of depth. “If you’re using a regular graph you can’t see them, but if your graph is split, with the other half a down-scan, you can see them. They’re very lethargic. And they don’t have to eat very much.”
He said the best bet was using a Texas-rigged, 5-inch Yamamoto Hula grub in green pumpkin with a 1/2-ounce bullet weight fished slowly. “Throw it to the bottom and just let it sit there to the count of five, then move it a little at a time,” he said.
LAKE PLEASANT — (1,681.7 feet, 77%). Water temperature was 54 degrees on Jan. 14 when Senft fished the lake. The lake has been rising 7 inches per day. “The fish can follow the water coming up, or if they’re comfortable, and the bait is at the same level, they can stay there,” Senft said. He had little luck with largemouth bass Jan. 15 in 15-30 feet of water. He arrived at the lake at 7 am. at the Castle Creek ramp. See the rest of his online fishing report.